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- to constrain by seizing and holding goods, etc., in pledge for rent, damages, etc., or in order to obtain satisfaction of a claim.
- to levy a distress upon.
verb (used without object)
- to levy a distress.
Origin of distrain
1250–1300; Middle English distreinenRelated formsdis·train·a·ble, adjectivedis·train·ee, noundis·train·ment, noundis·trai·nor, dis·train·er, nounun·dis·trained, adjective
< Anglo-French, Old French destreindre
< Latin distringere
to stretch out, equivalent to di- di-2
to draw tight; see strain1
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British Dictionary definitions for distrainee
- law a person whose property has been seized by way of distraint
Derived Formsdistrainable, adjectivedistrainment, noundistrainor or distrainer, noun
- law to seize (personal property) by way of distress
C13: from Old French destreindre, from Latin distringere to impede, from dis- 1 + stringere to draw tight
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